Travel with us to Sicily, the center of the Mediterranean, and discover this open air museum. On this tour we take you to western Sicily, starting in Palermo, and moving down the coast to places like Trapani, Erice, and the Valley of the Temples. To understand Sicily and its complex history is to understand the blending and fusion of multiple cultures over the centuries. Sicily's rich cuisine evokes its Greek, Roman, and Norman origins, not to mention the flavors of Spain when Spain ruled the island. Authenticity is important to us; we have researched hotels, guides, restaurants, vineyards, and cooking classes that will provide you with an experience you will not forget.

erice view of castle

Day 1 - Palermo


  • Arrival at Palermo airport and transfer to Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, a Four Star Hotel.

  • Welcome aperitif and free time

  • Dinner at restaurant

  • Overnight in Palermo

Day 2 - Palermo 


  • Street food tour through the picturesque markets of Ballarò, Vucciria and Capo with lunch at a typical stand in Ballarò

  • Dinner and overnight in Palermo

Day 3 - Palermo - Cooking with the Duchess

  • Cooking class at the historic Palazzo Lanza Tomasi with the Duchess of Palma, daughter-in-law of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of The Leopard

  • Short guided visit highlights Palermo

  • Dinner on your own

  • Overnight in Palermo 

Day 4 - Cooking Class - Salt Pans


  • Check out of Palermo hotel

  • Cooking class at Baglio Cappello and lunch on their terrace

  • Visit to historic Salt Pans with aperitif used on a special salt tasting at sunset

  • Check-in to Baglio Oneto luxury wine resort

  • Dinner on your own

  • Overnight at Baglio Oneto 

Day 5 - Cheese - Erice 


  • Visit to a cheese farm to see the preparation of ricotta with a tasting

  • Transfer to Erice, a medieval village on the mountaintop overlooking Trapani 

  • Lunch on your own

  • Almond pastry laboratory with the reknown Maria Grammatico 

  • Visit family winery at Baglio Oneto, tasting of Marsala wines

  • Dinner

  • Overnight at Baglio Oneto

Day 6 - Valle dei Templi - "Famiata


  • Check out of Baglio Oneto

  • Departure to Agrigento for a guided visit to the Valley of the Temples 

  • Lunch on your own

  • Transfer to Fontes Episcopi bio-resort, for check-in and relax at the swimming pool or spa 

  • Experience the "Famiata", a traditional ceremony for families, to prepare pizza and typical local "focacce" baked in their wood oven with final dinner 

Day 7 - Agrigento countryside experience


  • Full day experience with a gastronomic guide in Agrigento area.

  • Olive harvesting, visit to mill, oil tasting and picnic with the “Truscia”, a typical sicilian bundled lunch 

  • Back to accommodation for meeting and lesson on Modica chocolate.

  • Farewell Dinner

  • Overnight in Fontes Episcopi

Day 8 - Back home - Transfer to Palermo airport for flight 


7 nights, 8 days

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What is included:

  • All accommodations

  • Private transfers from airport to hotel provided you travel at agreed upon time

  • All private driver transfers as per itinerary.

  • Welcome Aperitif

  • Cooking classes

  • All meals except where indicated otherwise

What is not included:

  • Air fares

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals and beverages other than those mentioned above

  • Room upgrades and extras.

Important notes:

  • You must be in good physical condition to participate in this trip.

  • This trip is not suitable for people with mobility problems.

  • Any food constraints or allergies must be communicated when booking.

  • We STRONGLY RECOMMEND traveler's insurance. Compare companies and plans 


  • Deposit of $500 per person to reserve your place. (refunded only if tour is not filled)

  • Balance of payment is due 90 days prior to travel